This year’s Asia Hardware Battle featured a smorgasbord of hardware products, making it clear just how broad the term hardware has become and how rapidly the field has expanded.

The hardware competition showcased a total of fifteen startups from all over Asia: India, China, South Korea, Israel, and Japan. Startups came from a diverse range of industries, tackling problems around urban farming, sleep quality, bad coffee, long distance relationships, healthcare, air pollution, personal fitness, and more.

Social enterprises made a strong presence at this year’s competition, such as Chakr, whose product converts harmful particulates from diesel emissions into ink. Health-related products were also popular, such as exii.Inc and MedEXO Robotics’ bionic arms, which help amputees and patients suffering from Parkinson’s, respectively. 

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Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).